Gustaf Tenggren – A Disney animator draws a pirate cover. I can’t imagine another instance where this happened with a pulp magazine.
George Hand Wright – The founder of the Westport Artists Colony, where so many magazine illustrators lived, did a beautiful Viking cover. Looks like a comic illustration to me, probably a watercolor.
I don’t know if the Ridgway Company, the publishers of Adventure, had an exceptional art director who was able to select such a diverse pool of artists, or whether this was the work of the editor, Arthur S. Hoffman. Either way, I think this adds weight to the claim that Adventure was indeed the No. 1 Pulp magazine.
On a side note, doing the research for this pair of articles was not easy. The FictionMags index data is not very clean, there were multiple mistakes in it that I had to fix. Some names were spelled incorrectly, and finding out the right name was hard. Information on some artists was impossible to find. The illustrators seem to have been given almost no attention by newspapers. I could find almost no interviews.
All of which is to say, please support the wonderful work being done by the folks who bring out Illustration magazine. Subscribeto them (60$ for an annual subscription in the US). That’s 15$ an issue for some of the best research being done today. And of course the gorgeous artwork is a bonus. Or you could buy any of their books.
And please share your views by leaving a comment below. Getting off the soapbox now. Thanks for listening.
PS: I really debated doing this article as I was worried it would create additional competition in the market for these already scarce issues. I appeal to all collectors out there who collect this for the art, take a photo and send the magazine to me. 🙂